Friday, October 12, 2001

Journal 2: Online Communication Experience

Most of my online communication, like many people's, has been with email. Unlike many of my friends, I never used it before college. Now, it is the most typical way for me to keep in touch with people. I doubt I could even do my job without email--I work in event planning, which often reguires me to be in touch with people who aren't available at the time when I'm at work, either because they're students in classes or because they work in a different part of the country. Email allows me to get in touch with people in the most efficient way. It is not my preferred way, however, to stay in touch with friends and family. I use it when I need to, because I haven't been able to catch someone on the phone. But usually I prefer to be able to hear my friends' voices--it feels more personal to me. I also sometimes use AIM, but that's less common--I signed up for the program when I was out of state for a summer--it allowed me to talk to my boyfriend and other friends for several hours a night withot racking up huge phone bills. when I'm near my friends, however, I might use AIM once a month---there's no real incentive to do so, since my family doesn't use it. I'm not a big user of chat rooms, though if I read a really interesting discussion, sometimes I'll get drawn in. Typically though, I use online/virtual communication primarily for work and school, and prefer face-to-face or telephonic conversations--or even letters--to talk to my friends and family.